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Ocean Dream is a Waterfront 1 bedroom cottage

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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

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Julietmer...
Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful location, comfortable cabin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
3
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We stayed for 3 nights and loved Ocean Dream. The view across Clayoquot Sound to Meares Island was beautiful, and the cabin is set close to the water among trees and shrubs so feels very private (although there are other houses close by). The bed was very comfortable. Everything was clean and we had everything we needed. The kitchen is small but has the basic equipment needed for cooking in, and there is a gas grill on the deck. Verne and Gisele were friendly and helpful, and the whole experience was very relaxed. Ocean Dream made a good base for our first visit to Tofino - we could walk to town but were away from the bustle.

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5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The quiet location
Liked least: Bathroom was downstairs and bedroom upstairs
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Maree P
Canberra, Australia
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46 hotel reviews
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
“Beautiful, quiet spot - lots of pluses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
2
people found this review helpful

We recently stayed three nights at this rustic, character-filled cottage.
We got a very friendly and relaxed welcome from hosts Gisele and Verne, who showed us around the cottage and gave us tips about disposing of trash etc.
The cottage is ideal for people wanting to self-cater, and to get away from the throng. We like to prepare our own meals some of the time while travelling, so the full kitchen and other amenities added to the attractiveness of the location.
Overall we had a lovely time. There is very adequate heating, the bed was comfortable and the place does feel like you are borrowing a friend's holiday cottage. It's very cosy.
A couple of negatives have prevented me giving this a 5-star review:
(1) We appreciate the rusticity of the cottage but the lighting in the bathroom is inadequate. You are practically showering in the dark because the shower curtain blocks the (not very bright) lamp in the ceiling. This is a common problem in lots of venues, even hotels - but particularly bad at Ocean Dream
(2) The washing facilities are... scary. Located under the house in a basement with no glass in its windows and an earth floor, there is a very old washing machine that has dodgy circuits. We found we had to keep going downstairs and opening and closing the lid to make the machine start up again (it kept stalling). Again, the lighting is extremely poor and I was not confident the facilities were very clean - they might have been, but the light was so bad I couldn't tell!
(3) There is no TV in the cottage. OK, you don't go to Tofino to watch TV - but when you've been out in the great outdoors all day for several days, and with Tofino weather being what it is (often misty/foggy and damp), in the evening you expect to be able to chill out with some television. Now, this wouldn't have been a problem if Ocean Dream had clearly stated on their website that there is no TV. We have chosen to stay in lots of places in remote locations where the lack of TV was made very clear, and we have enjoyed being TV-less. However it was a disappointment and really, in 2013, people expect TV. At the very least, it should be made clear on the website that there isn't one. Also, when viewing the listing via Trip Advisor it indicates there is an entry under the 'Amenities & details' tab that says 'Only for DVD and VCR'. ??? Not sure what that's meant to mean, but it's misleading - we saw no evidence of a DVD or VCR machine... and with no TV screen, how are you meant to view a DVD or video?
Overall we recommend this as a charming cottage in a great location - with lovely hosts. But a few improvements would be welcomed.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
3 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
4 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The quiet location, right on the water - gorgeous!
Liked least: The bathroom and laundry facilities, coupled with lack of TV!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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srahw
Thunder Bay, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Perfect place to say”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
1
person found this review helpful

I was very pleased with my stay at Ocean Dream. It was clean, quiet, private and in a beautiful location. I look forward to going back.

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Liked best: Overall feel of the place. Very comfortable, clean with a pleasing rustic cottage feel to it.
Liked least: That I couldn't stay longer
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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AndFl
Stockholm, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Quiet, private and BEAUTIFUL”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012 for a stay in October 2012
1
person found this review helpful

This cottage was just what we were looking for. Cozy, clean and equipped with all that you might need. The scenery from the house is excellent!

Verne and Gisele are a super nice couple and very helpful!

We were four people staying and the sofa beds worked out fine.

The Internet connection was fast!

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: The water shower-tap was tricky :)
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Dflyboy
BC
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80 reviews 80 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“A True Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 for a stay in October 2012
1
person found this review helpful

Me and my wife stayed here for the weekend and I must say this place is a real gem.
We have stayed at numerous places in Tofino over the years and hands down this one shines above the rest.
The cabin is immaculate , has everything you need plus more.
You have total privacy around you and a view to die for.
Vern and Gisele made you feel right at home and the night before we where leaving Vern said no need for regular checkout time as they had no one booking in.
Thanks for sharing this piece of paradise.

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Liked best: The Cabin and View
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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visitsoon...
Toronto
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Best Stay in Tofino - Private with great access to the city!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012 for a stay in August 2012
2
people found this review helpful

Highly Highly Recommend! Would definitely stay here again - maybe for a month next time.

The couple that runs this B&B was easy to get a hold of to reserve the rental and they were very helpful during our stay. The recommended local restaurants and provided pamphlets for other attractions. Their house is just up the road but they kept to themselves unless we needed them.

The cabin and property were excellent! The cabin has been meticulously constructed and maintained, it was also very clean and had everything we needed - towels, kitchen dishes etc, and many books! The bed was VERY comfortable and the view can't be beat! We spent a lot of time in the folding chairs on the waterfront and could have had a camp fire there as well. There was also laundry facilities in the basement if we needed. Internet was free and very reliable.

The cabin is located a short walking distance to town - many restaurants and attractions. There is also a gas station directly across the road if needed.

We loved the view and the atmosphere in the cabin - no complaints!!!

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The bed and the view.
Liked least: Lighting and blinds could have been better.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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SKate82
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
3
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I stayed here this weekend with my partner. The cabin was hand built by the owner, on his property. The cabin is incredible. We had the cabin just the two of us, although you could easily have 4 people stay and not be remotely cramped.
The cabin is so secluded, with the most spectacular views. No one could see into the cabin, we had the blinds open the whole time. We built a fire on the private pebbled beach area on the Friday night, using the big BBQ on the decking, we even had their gorgeous dog Rocky keep us company!
The bathroom is all fitted professionally, and the shower is suprisingly good from what you would anticipate in a hand built cabin! Better than some hotels I've stayed in.
I can't rate this place high enough. And the owners were amazing!! On Saturday I realised I didn't have an adaptor for my UK hair straighteners. My partner asked the owner, and he drove over to his daughter's just to borrow one for me!
I didn't want to leave, the bed was so comfortable, the cabin itself amazing, and the ocean view incredible.
In the morning the sun comes into the bedroom as the skylight doesnt have a blind, so take an eye mask or you'll be up early, thats the only thing my partner would have changed as he would never wear one.
The cabin is also really clean, you honestly couldn't ask for more from this couple. LOVED it - best birthday weekend ever, largely down to the cabin being a total Dream!

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Privacy
Liked least: Sunlight in the bedroom in the morning
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jun 12, 2012
Hi Paul and partner,

Thank you so, so much for the great review you wrote down.

We really appreciate it very, very much. Thanks a lot for your great
support.

Have a great summer.

Verne & Gisele
Ocean Dream
www.oceandream.ca
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